When I saw a link containing the words ‘Joe Allen’ and ‘chicken’ I thought I’m not having that – Joe might be many things but he’s no coward. I clicked on the link, full of rage and ready to shoot down the accuser at the earliest opportunity, only to find a photograph taken by a gentleman who happened to have visited his local vet and had taken a photo of a magazine in the waiting room. Apparently, unbeknownst to the larger footballing community, Joe is a bit of a chicken breeder. So much so he actually made the cover of the Spring edition of Chicken & Egg magazine (the fashionable publication for the most discerning poultry enthusiast). Are there no limits to this man’s talents? If he’s not rescuing our midfield or appearing as the Second Coming of Christ (or the bloke from the Joy Of S*x book, depending on your point of view) he’s helping to feed the five thousand with a range of home-grown chicken products. Mr Allen (or should I say Messiah?), I salute you.
*some of the information mentioned here might not be entirely factual.